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November
2013
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Residents encouraged to support events in aid of typhoon victims


Residents in Leeds are being encouraged to support events being organised to help those affected by the disaster in the Philippines.



The local Filipino Leeds Association, made up of Leeds residents originally from the Philippines, will be hosting a “tea and coffee for a cause” fundraiser at St Augustine’s Church on Harehills Road on December 1 at 10.30am to raise money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.



And Filfoods on Harehills Road are also accepting donations, which will go to the Philippine National Red Cross, the Save the Children Foundation and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.



The Leeds group, many of whom work as nurses at St James's Hospital, decided to organise the event to help friends and family and to help local Filipinos awaiting news of their loved ones.



The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray said: “Like everyone around the world, the people of Leeds have been profoundly shocked and saddened by recent events in the Philippines.



“In the past, residents across the city have always been keen to dig deep and help those whose lives have been so immeasurably affected by tragedies both at home and abroad.



“Whilst these are difficult times for us all, I hope people will help in whatever way they can and support those in Leeds organising events to make a difference to the victims of this disaster.”



For further information visit www.facebook.com/moveonphilippines2013 or to pledge money to support the Move On Philippines appeal go to www.justgiving.com/moveonphilippines



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For more details, contact:



Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk

www.leeds.gov.uk